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Larry Bertlemann & Wayne Lynch for Rip Curl

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a real doozy for you: a Rip Curl ad from the July 1978 issue of Surfer Magazine featuring Wayne Lynch and Larry Bertlemann. I had seen various scans of this ad floating around online, and it bummed me out that no high quality versions seemed to exist. A…

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Wayne Lynch & Rip Curl’s Rubber Revolution

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got the glorious combination of two of Victoria’s best known exports: Wayne Lynch’s brand of rugged, mysterious cool, and Rip Curl’s neoprene. I featured an earlier Rip Curl ad with Wayne Lynch from 1983, which has an almost identical layout to the one you see above. This time around,…

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MP and Andrew McKinnon for Rip Curl

Greetings, Shredderz! Fresh off my post earlier this week about a rare MP personal rider shaped under the Burford label, here is some more great material from Peterson’s brief but memorable turn as one of surfing’s brightest stars. Pictured here is a Rip Curl wetsuits ad that originally ran in Tracks Magazine in…

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Young Kelly Slater for Rip Curl

Greetings, Shredderz! For today’s Sagas of Shred entry we have an ad featuring the undisputed greatest surfer of all time: Robert Kelly Slater. The ad you see below ran in the August 1990 issue of Surfer Magazine (Vol 31, No 8), two years before Slater captured the first of his eleven world titles….

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Social Media Roundup: Nov 2019

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s that time of the month again. Here’s a selection of some of my favorite social media posts from the last month or so. This board is absolutely ridiculous! I am slowly but surely working on my knowledge of Aussie surfboards and shapers. Here’s a Rip Curl board shaped by Alan…

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Rip Curl Owl Chapman Single Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got an unusual stick for you that represents one of my favorite corners of surf history: Australian / Hawaiian mash-ups. Last week’s Social Media Roundup featured MR and his collaborations with Ben Aipa on the latter’s famous sting. MR also recently posted an awesome photo of some boards he…

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Larry Bertlemann for Rip Curl: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! I’m hoping maybe some of you caught my Sagas of Shred retrospective on Instagram today. And if you didn’t, don’t worry, because you’re here for the main event. Every week I post a scan of a vintage surf ad, plucked from my stash of vintage Surfer Magazines. Rip Curl has been…

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Derek Hynd for Rip Curl: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s late and I gotta be up early tomorrow so I’ll make this one brief. Pictured above is a Rip Curl ad that appeared in the January 1981 issue of Surfer Magazine (Vol 22, No 1), featuring none other than Derek Hynd. It’s funny to see Hynd in an ad for…

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Cruisin’: Nat Young for Rip Curl

Greetings, Shredderz! Apologies for the relatively sparse posting schedule this week. That said, they say it’s all about quality, and not quantity, and I can’t think of many things better than this 1981 Rip Curl ad featuring the great Nat Young. I absolutely love the surfboard Nat’s got tucked under his arm. If…

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Tom Curren and Brad Gerlach for Rip Curl: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s Thursday evening, and I come bearing gifts. For those of you who have never read the blog before, welcome to Sagas of Shred. It’s a weekly series, published Thursday evenings (California time), where I scan a different vintage surf ad for every entry. Tonight we have some pretty familiar territory:…

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